The Biloxi Police Department is alerting the public to a phone scam where scammers pretend to be an officer from the Biloxi Police Department.
They call unsuspecting victims, telling them they have legal documents that need immediate attention or that they have a warrant due to unpaid fines.
During these calls, the scammers attempt to collect a fine instead of an arrest by requesting an electronic funds transfer, payment through a third-party payment site such as Zelle or CashApp, a cashier’s check, or the purchase of prepaid debit cards, such as Green Dot cards. or gift cards. The caller can use a variety of tactics to appear credible, identifying themselves as a law enforcement official. They can provide information such as badge numbers, case numbers, and names of law enforcement officials. They can also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they were calling from a law enforcement agency.
The Biloxi Police Department would like to remind the public that agency officers never request credit/debit/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or banking information for any purpose and do not disclose personal or financial information to unknown callers.